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Accommodation, transport, budget… student life in Australia

Your departure for Australia is on the horizon. University residence or homestay? How to communicate with your relatives in France? What daily budget? It is good to study in the country of wombats but to avoid the stress of the start of the school year, anticipate your installation.

Have you been accepted into an Australian university and your administrative procedures are on track? Congratulation ! Do not waste time preparing for your stay, and look for accommodation now.

Accommodation: spoiled for choice

Student residence, homestay, apartments to share: Australia offers many possibilities in terms of accommodation. You will have no trouble finding the one that suits you, as universities have dedicated services that will advise you on the matter.

In general, university campuses have rooms for students. Places are often expensive: if this is the formula you prefer, you will need to make your request as soon as possible. Count on average 220 AUD rent per week (about 145 €).

Another possibility: accommodation with locals (or “homestay”). Count on average 280 AUD (about 185 €) per week to live with an Australian family. The budget includes the private room, meals and Internet access. It is ideal for practicing English and discovering Australian culture. If this solution is particularly suitable for the youngest, it is also open to master’s students.

Third option: shared accommodation, very common in big cities like Melbourne or Sydney. Sharing an apartment has several advantages: the rent is affordable (prices vary between 180 and 250 AUD, or between 120 and 170 €) and the accommodation is often close to the city center and public transport.

To find your accommodation, sites such as Homestay or Flatmates can be useful.

Stay connected

Universities offer Wi-Fi connection on their campuses. Thanks to WhatsApp or Skype, it will therefore be just as easy for you to communicate with your international friends as with your relatives in France.

For your regular calls, opt for a prepaid card. Three operators are competing for the mobile telephony market: Telstra, Vodafone and Optus. You order a SIM card and then buy credits according to your needs.

The plane as a means of transport

Australia is an island-continent that covers most of Oceania. So, to move from town to town, the easiest way is… the plane! The main airlines are Qantas and its “low cost” subsidiary Jetstar. They offer internal flights for less than 200 AUD (133 €).

You can take the train with companies such as Translink or Countrylink which connect Canberra and Melbourne, via Sydney. To travel more easily on the Translink network, you can buy a Go card, which allows a 30% reduction on the price of tickets.

A sizeable budget

Rent, transport, food, outings: life is generally more expensive on the other side of the world, especially if you add the cost of university registration. For day-to-day expenses, it varies.

Daily price comparison
France paris) Australia (Melbourne)
Bus/metro ticket €1.80 2,43 €
Monthly transport card 70 € €85.16
Taxi (1 hour ride) 34 € €21.99
Sports Hall 50,78 € €44.36
Cinema ticket 10 € €12.26
Bottle of water €0.74 €1.41
Cappuccino €3.44 2,48 €
Soda €3.23 2,08 €
fast food menu 8 € €5.81
Restaurant for two 50 € €51.61

(Source: The Cost of Expat)

Note that in Australia the payment of bills is weekly: you will pay your rent at the end of each week. So remember to organize your expenses accordingly. They can climb up to 1,700 AUD per month (1,135 €).

Study in Australia: follow the guide!

Your decision is made: you are going to study in Australia. But how to choose the university? How much will registration cost you? Where to stay? We take stock of the steps to be taken.

• Test: Are you ready to study in Australia?
• How to choose your university in Australia?
• Costs of studies, scholarships, jobs… what budget for Australia?
• Visa, insurance, language test… what formalities to study in Australia?

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